trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Definition of trader

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
a : merchant
b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

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Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders

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Some equity traders have already been told to clear their desks. The Economist, "Deutsche Bank shrinks and restructures," 8 July 2019 Gold prices slid Friday following an upbeat June jobs report, logging the largest weekly decline since mid-April as traders dialed back bets that the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Slides to Cap Worst Week Since April After Jobs Report," 5 July 2019 In response, traders dumped short-dated bonds and sent the yield on two-year debt surging by 11 basis points, or 0.11 percentage points, to 1.87% at the time of writing. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "A strong US jobs report puts the markets, the Fed, and the data at odds," 5 July 2019 After Huawei was blacklisted, most traders were offering only €100 ($113) for the phone, according to Ben Stanton, an analyst with research firm Canalys. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Huawei has a chance to get its smartphone business back on track. It won't be easy," 1 July 2019 The stock market could be in for a wild ride as traders worry about a new round of tariffs on Chinese products. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Stocks on pace to post best first half in two decades. Trade deal needed for more gains," 28 June 2019 So, traders have turned a $60 million cash inflow into an extra $174 million in market value. STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 Sun bears and Asiatic black bears are captured from forests or captive-bred so that traders can extract bile from their gallbladders. Jani Actman, National Geographic, "How can traditional Chinese medicine threaten wildlife?," 17 June 2019 Markets in Europe and Asia tumbled Monday as traders tried to make sense of pessimistic new outlooks on global growth. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "Global stocks rebound after slide on growth worries," 26 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades
2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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